CBD, THC and Intractable Epilepsy
By now, everyone knows that medical cannabis is an effective treatment for epilepsy. However, no one has identified exactly how it works.
We know that neither cannabidiol (CBD) alone nor tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) alone are as effective as when they are combined. We also know that isolating specific cannabinoids and administering them alone doesn’t render the same efficacy of as using whole plant extracts.
Epilepsy is one of the most difficult medical conditions to treat. The two most significant reasons for this are that there are many different causes of seizures and that we still don’t understand the human brain.
Epilepsy’s genesis can be from numerous sources and often not understood. People can develop it from a head injury or bad flu. People are sometimes born with conditions that cause intractable seizures. These conditions include Dravet Syndrome, Lennox-Gastaut, Aicardi Syndrome, and Mitochondrial disease. No matter the cause, seizures are destroy cognitive and physiological processes and abilities. They are typically a terminal condition that with ultimately kill the patient.
Conventional medicine defines the conditions listed above as “intractable.” This means uncontrollable or untreatable. The FDA and established medicine’s current protocol for ‘treating’ intractable epilepsy is by stopping all non-essential brain activity via powerful drugs; basically sedate the brain to a point that it only tells the heart to beat and lungs to breathe. In English, they put the patient into a drug induced coma to prevent seizures.
Technically, this approach stops a lot of the seizures, but it doesn’t improve the patient’s quality of life.
Here’s a simile to put this into perspective to which we can all relate.
The way conventional medicine treats epilepsy is like avoiding flat tires by removing the wheels and tires from your car. You won’t get a flat tire, but the solution defeats the purpose of having a car.
Although conventional medicine defines epilepsy as intractable, cannabinoid medicine does not.
This was first demonstrated to mainstream America in Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s “Weed” special. During this show, Gupta profiles a little girl with Dravet Syndrome named Charlotte Figi. Charlotte had what her doctors defined as intractable epilepsy. Then her parents decided to try cannabidiol rich cannabis oil. It worked for Charlotte and it is working for thousands of other children who suffer from juvenile epilepsy.
Even here in Georgia, we have several children who have state issued medical cannabis cards who’s epilepsy is being treated using cannabinoid therapy.
Those of us who are researching and building this emerging field of cannabinoid medicine know that our plants have medicinal properties that no one understands yet. We know that THC’s anticonvulsant and anti-spasmodic properties combined with CBD’s anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties help stop the frequency and magnitude of seizures that modern medicine has resigned to label as ‘intractable.’
Real doctors and the medical establishment should be ashamed of themselves for blindly following the FDA’s politically and financially motivated protocols instead of using their brains and medical knowledge to do their jobs.
It’s embarrassing that the American Medical Association decided to call these seizures ‘intractable’ when a few guys can make an effective treatment in their kitchen from plants growing in their backyard.
Fortunately, state governments are exercising their sovereignty and passing laws that ignore Federal drug schedules and allow us to research cannabis in ‘legally safer’ environment than a few years ago. However, Halcyon Organics and our patients still face potential arrests.
By: Daniel Macris, founder and ceo of Halcyon Organics.
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